- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County wants Albuquerque to help pay for running the county jail.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/ukuzza ) reports that a county official this week sent a letter asking the city to pay what the letter called “its fair share” for operating the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Some county officials say they’re strapped and that it’s only reasonable that the city help pay for the jail’s increasing costs because three of every five inmates were arrested in the city.

However, Albuquerque residents make up the vast majority of the county’s population and they already pay county taxes. Many services provided by the county largely only benefit people outside city limits.

The city is crafting a formal response.

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